Guly do Prado

Do Prado joined Saints in August 2010

Two goals from Brazilian Guly do Prado at St Mary's ensured that Southampton remain top of the Championship.

Saints dominated the first half, only a fine save from Julian Speroni preventing Rickie Lambert from breaking the deadlock with a stooping header.

However, do Prado put them in front by heading in Steve de Ridder's cross.

Shortly after the break do Prado was denied by a last-gasp Patrick McCarthy block, but the playmaker soon headed in again from a Frazer Richardson cross.

Victory extended Southampton's unbeaten home run to 24 matches - and they never looked in danger of defeat against a Palace side who beat them in this season's Carling Cup fourth round  .

Saints made one change to the side held to a 1-1 draw at rivals Portsmouth  on 18 December, De Ridder coming in for captain Dean Hammond.

Jose Fonte was named skipper against former club Palace, who made several changes, including the recall of highly-rated Wilfried Zaha after suspension.

Lambert might have scored inside nine minutes with a powerful header from Morgan Schneiderlin's superb right-footed cross to the far post, but Speroni reacted well with a point-blank save.

However, De Ridder surged down the right flank, turned Peter Ramage inside out and drove in a cross for do Prado to grab the opening goal.

After do Prado was denied by McCarthy's block, Adam Lallana shot narrowly wide, while at the other end referee Graham Salisbury rejected an appeal for handball against Richardson and Glenn Murray forced Kelvin Davis into a save.

However, do Prado made sure with 13 minutes remaining, nodding in from Richardson's right-wing cross.

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins:

"There were two good goals. I think we dominated the first half and, in the second, we started brightly again before it got a little bit scrappy.

"But a good second goal from do Prado and we saw the game out quite comfortably. I am pleased we kept a clean sheet.

"Our endeavour will be to enhance the squad we have got [in January] but we have an exceptionally good team spirit, which has been demonstrated again today. We have a close-knit group that all want to be successful together."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Southampton

  • 01 Davis
  • 02 Richardson
  • 06 Fonte
  • 13 Fox Booked
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 04 Schneiderlin (Hammond - 87' )
  • 08 Cork
  • 10 Guly
  • 20 Lallana
  • 33 De Ridder (Connolly - 79' )
  • 07 Lambert

Substitutes

  • 21 Bialkowski
  • 03 Harding
  • 16 Martin
  • 14 Hammond
  • 22 Connolly

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 02 Clyne Booked
  • 05 McCarthy Booked
  • 06 Gardner
  • 38 Ramage Booked (C Martin - 66' )
  • 04 Parr
  • 08 Dikgacoi
  • 28 O'Keefe (Garvan - 76' )
  • 11 Scannell
  • 16 Zaha
  • 17 Murray (Easter - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 34 Price
  • 07 Ambrose
  • 10 Garvan
  • 19 Easter
  • 35 C Martin
Ref: Salisbury
Att: 31,524

Match Stats

Shots

8 5

On target

6 2

Corners

6 1

Fouls

16 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:12 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +3:16

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jermaine Easter. Jos Hooiveld restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:15

Centre by Wilfried Zaha.

90:00 +0:07

Jack Cork challenges Sean Scannell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Anthony Gardner.

88:48

Handball by Sean Scannell. Direct free kick taken by Frazer Richardson.

86:24 Substitution

Substitution Dean Hammond on for Morgan Schneiderlin.

84:11

Unfair challenge on Jos Hooiveld by Jermaine Easter results in a free kick. Kelvin Davis takes the direct free kick.

83:34

Effort from outside the penalty box by Adam Lallana goes wide right of the target.

82:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi on Adam Lallana. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Fox.

82:25 Substitution

Substitution Jermaine Easter comes on in place of Glenn Murray.

79:52

Jonathan Parr delivers the ball, clearance made by Guly Do Prado.

79:39

The ball is delivered by Wilfried Zaha, clearance made by Guly Do Prado.

78:19

Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.

78:19 Substitution

Substitution David Connolly joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steve De Ridder.

78:19

Guly Do Prado challenges Patrick McCarthy unfairly and gives away a free kick.

77:48

Glenn Murray takes a shot. Save made by Kelvin Davis.

76:15

The assist for the goal came from Frazer Richardson.

76:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Guly Do Prado - Southamp'n 2 - 0 C Palace Guly Do Prado finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace.

76:12

The ball is swung over by Frazer Richardson,

75:04 Substitution

Substitution Owen Garvan replaces Stuart O'Keefe.

72:59

Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox, free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Lambert on Patrick McCarthy. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.

72:52

The ball is swung over by Frazer Richardson, Jonathan Parr gets a block in.

70:59

Adam Lallana takes a shot. Nathaniel Clyne gets a block in.

70:20

Jos Hooiveld takes the direct free kick.

70:20 Booking

Booking Booking for Patrick McCarthy for unsporting behaviour.

70:14

Unfair challenge on Morgan Schneiderlin by Patrick McCarthy results in a free kick.

70:07

The ball is crossed by Wilfried Zaha, blocked by Daniel Fox.

69:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Fonte on Glenn Murray. Sean Scannell restarts play with the free kick.

68:12

A cross is delivered by Frazer Richardson, Julian Speroni makes a save.

66:47

Adam Lallana concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathaniel Clyne. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

65:27

Julian Speroni takes the direct free kick.

65:27 Substitution

Substitution Chris Martin comes on in place of Peter Ramage.

65:27 Booking

Booking Booking for Nathaniel Clyne.

65:14

Wilfried Zaha fouled by Richard Lambert, the ref awards a free kick.

63:25

The referee penalises Sean Scannell for handball. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.

61:20

Richard Lambert gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrick McCarthy. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

60:03

The ball is swung over by Adam Lallana.

59:32

A cross is delivered by Wilfried Zaha, Glenn Murray takes a shot. Kelvin Davis makes a save.

58:54

The ball is swung over by Steve De Ridder.

58:15

Stuart O'Keefe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Cork. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.

57:28

Corner taken right-footed by Sean Scannell, Close range headed effort by Patrick McCarthy goes wide of the left-hand post.

57:22

Jonathan Parr delivers the ball, Steve De Ridder gets a block in.

56:10

The referee penalises Nathaniel Clyne for handball. Free kick taken by Daniel Fox.

54:36

The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

54:12

Adam Lallana produces a cross, blocked by Nathaniel Clyne.

50:50

Adam Lallana has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

50:18

Unfair challenge on Patrick McCarthy by Guly Do Prado results in a free kick. Patrick McCarthy takes the direct free kick.

48:41

Jonathan Parr fouled by Steve De Ridder, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Anthony Gardner.

47:30

Corner taken by Daniel Fox from the right by-line.

47:13

Corner from the left by-line taken by Daniel Fox, Glenn Murray makes a clearance.

47:00

Guly Do Prado takes a shot. Patrick McCarthy gets a block in.

46:02

Adam Lallana produces a cross.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:18 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +1:48

The offside flag is raised against Glenn Murray. Kelvin Davis restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +1:17

Richard Lambert gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Scannell. Direct free kick taken by Sean Scannell.

43:37

Patrick McCarthy fouled by Richard Lambert, the ref awards a free kick. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.

41:43

The ball is delivered by Daniel Fox.

41:04

A cross is delivered by Nathaniel Clyne, Close range headed effort by Glenn Murray goes wide of the left-hand post.

38:44

Jose Fonte gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glenn Murray. Direct free kick taken by Sean Scannell.

36:11

Jose Fonte takes the direct free kick.

36:11 Booking

Booking Peter Ramage is booked.

36:04

Peter Ramage gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve De Ridder.

35:36

Wilfried Zaha crosses the ball, clearance made by Jos Hooiveld.

34:37

The ball is sent over by Jonathan Parr, clearance made by Jos Hooiveld.

33:23

Steve De Ridder provided the assist for the goal.

33:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Guly Do Prado - Southamp'n 1 - 0 C Palace Guly Do Prado finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace.

32:50

The ball is swung over by Jack Cork.

31:58

The offside flag is raised against Wilfried Zaha. Jos Hooiveld takes the direct free kick.

29:13

Jose Fonte fouled by Sean Scannell, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Fonte takes the direct free kick.

28:12

Shot by Glenn Murray from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

27:15

The offside flag is raised against Jonathan Parr. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.

26:09

Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

26:09 Booking

Booking Daniel Fox goes into the referee's book.

25:54

Foul by Daniel Fox on Wilfried Zaha, free kick awarded.

25:23

Jonathan Parr delivers the ball, Steve De Ridder gets a block in.

23:56

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken by Daniel Fox to near post, Glenn Murray manages to make a clearance.

21:59

Corner from right by-line taken by Daniel Fox.

21:56

Frazer Richardson crosses the ball, Peter Ramage manages to make a clearance.

21:43

Daniel Fox produces a cross, clearance made by Peter Ramage.

20:02

Adam Lallana takes a shot. Blocked by Patrick McCarthy.

19:16

The ball is crossed by Daniel Fox, blocked by Wilfried Zaha.

19:05

Steve De Ridder sends in a cross, clearance made by Patrick McCarthy.

18:01

The ball is swung over by Wilfried Zaha.

16:18

Steve De Ridder produces a cross.

16:10

Daniel Fox produces a cross, clearance made by Glenn Murray.

15:53

Corner taken short by Adam Lallana.

14:49

Kagisho Dikgacoi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Lambert. Jos Hooiveld restarts play with the free kick.

13:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frazer Richardson by Jonathan Parr. Jose Fonte takes the free kick.

10:26

The ball is sent over by Steve De Ridder, blocked by Peter Ramage.

9:34

Richard Lambert challenges Patrick McCarthy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.

8:20

Richard Lambert takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.

5:53

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne on Adam Lallana, free kick awarded. Daniel Fox takes the direct free kick.

4:33

Morgan Schneiderlin challenges Stuart O'Keefe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

1:35

Unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Morgan Schneiderlin results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stuart O'Keefe.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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